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16 upcoming Marvel movies heading to theaters, and eventually Disney Plus too
After over a year of waiting due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Disney and Marvel Studios finally started to release new films to theaters again in 2021. Black Widow, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Eternals, and Spider-Man: No Way Home were all released in 2021. In addition, Sony released a non-MCU Marvel movie: Venom: Let There Be Carnage. However, the amount of upcoming Marvel movies will continue to expand.
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Here’s a quick look at what’s expected from the Marvel films hitting movie theaters over the next two to three years. After being released in theaters, all the MCU movies will drop on the Disney Plus streaming service. We also have information about upcoming Marvel-based movies outside of the MCU (at least for now). You can sign up for Disney Plus at the link below:
Upcoming Marvel Movies (Marvel Cinematic Universe)
Future films outside the MCU
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (May 6, 2022)
Benedict Cumberbatch returns as Dr. Steven Strange, the Master of the Mystic Arts. This is supposed to be a horror-themed film, as Doctor Strange deals with a threat to the entire multiverse. Elizabeth Olsen will also be back as the Scarlet Witch. This film will follow up on the events of her Disney Plus MCU TV show WandaVision. Sam Raimi, who directed the original Spider-Man trilogy, will return to making superhero movies with this film.
Thor: Love And Thunder (July 8, 2022)
Chris Hemsworth returns for his fourth stand-alone Thor movie, but the God of Thunder may have to give up his hammer to someone else this time. Natalie Portman returns as Thor’s love, Jane Foster. It looks like she will become the Goddess of Thunder in this movie. The movie also stars Christian Bale (yep, Batman) as the movie’s main villain Gor The God Butcher. Members of The Guardians of the Galaxy are also slated to appear. Thor Ragnarok director Taika Waititi comes back to direct this film.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (November 11, 2022)
The tragic death of original Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman in 2020 will obviously become a major part of the sequel to the 2018 hit film. Ryan Coogler will return to write and direct the sequel, but story details are currently unknown. One of the cast members of the original film will likely take up the mantle of Black Panther in this sequel. There are rumors that this movie will introduce the underwater Marvel hero Namor into the MCU. It’s also likely this movie will tie into the announced Wakanda TV series on Disney Plus.
The Marvels (February 17, 2023)
The sequel to 2019’s Captain Marvel will once again feature Brie Larson in that same role. The new title may also refer to two more characters slated to appear. Teyonah Parris, who debuted as Monica Rambeau in the MCU Disney plus TV series WandaVision, is supposed to appear. She will likely show off her new energy-based powers as the superhero Quantum. Also, Iman Vellani, the star of the upcoming Disney Plus show Ms. Marvel, will also appear in this film. It’s being directed by Nia DaCosta, who also directed the upcoming reboot of Candyman.
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (May 5, 2023)
The team is coming back in full for the third Guardians of the Galaxy film. The main cast, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper, are all expected to return for this space opera movie. James Gunn is also returning as writer and director.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (July 28, 2023)
Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly are back as the size-changing superheroes in this third Ant-Man film. Details about the film are few, but we know that Jonathan Majors has also been cast as the classic Marvel villain Kang The Conqueror. He’s already appeared as a variant of that character in the final episode of Loki season one. Peyton Reed will also be back to direct his third Ant-Man movie.
Fantastic Four (TBA)
Marvel Studios will finally make a movie based on Marvel’s first superheroes sometime in the near future. No one’s been cast yet, but we do know that Jon Watts, the director of the three Spider-Man MCU movies, will direct the MCU version of Fantastic Four.
Marvel’s vampire hunter is coming back as one of the upcoming Marvel movies. Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali has already been cast as Blade, originally made famous by Wesley Snipes in a series of pre-MCU films. He’s already made a cameo appearance (audio only) in one of the post-credit sequences in Eternals.
Deadpool 3 (TBD)
All we know for now is that Deadpool 3 is currently under development as an MCU film after being previously released as two non-Marvel movies. Ryan Reynolds is slated to return as the undying Merc with a Mouth.
Captain America 4 (TBD, Rumored)
While Marvel Studios has not confirmed this, The Hollywood Reporter has stated that a fourth Captain America movie is in the early stage of development. It will star Anthony Mackie, who played Cap’s sidekick, The Falcon, in several MCU movies. In the recent Disney Plus MCU series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, he took on both Cap’s shield and a new costume to become the new Captain America. Malcolm Spellman and Dalan Musson, two writers of that Disney Plus show, are reportedly writing the screenplay for Captain America 4.
Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings sequel (TBA)
Disney and Marvel Studios have confirmed that the development of a sequel to 2021’s hit superhero-martial arts movie Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings has started. Destin Daniel Cretton will return to write and direct the untitled sequel film.
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Upcoming Marvel movies — Future films outside the MCU
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Part 1 (October 7, 2022)
The Oscar-winning animated film Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is getting a sequel and will again cast Shameik Moore as the voice of Miles Morales, a version of Spider-Man from an alternate universe. Based on the teaser trailer, he will be thrown into the multiverse and encounter Spider-Man 2099, a future version of the web-slinger.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Part 2 (October 7, 2023)
Yes, this sequel movie is so big, it’s being split into two films, with part two debuting one year later. Details about that movie are under wraps.
Kraken The Hunter (January 13, 2023)
Sony is developing a movie based on Kraven, the talented game hunter who has been a major Spider-Man enemy for decades. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who played the MCU version of Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron, will play Kraven in the feature film.
Madame Web (TBD, rumored)
A Spider-Man supporting character in the comics, Madame Web is blind and has many psychic abilities. While unconfirmed by Sony, Deadline reports that Dakota Johnson is in talks to play the character.
In 2020, Deadline reported that Olivia Wilde, the actor-director who had a major critical hit in Booksmart, had been hired by Sony to direct a secret Marvel film, and that it would center on Spider-Woman. It’s expected that the movie will be about the first person that claimed that name from the comics, Jessica Drew.
That’s a look at all the upcoming Marvel movies that are due in theaters. We will update this post when we have more information on these films.
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